Monday 5 December 2016

Did Twink's dog Teddy pass out on live TV?

Sasha Brady

Published 22/03/2016 | 07:51

Teddy joins his beloved Twink on the panel for TV3's Midday Show. Photo: TV3
Teddy joins his beloved Twink on the panel for TV3's Midday Show. Photo: TV3
Twink is on the panel of the Midday Show. Photo: TV3

Did Twink's beloved pooch Teddy pass out on live TV or was the good-natured Yorkshire terrier just taking a nap?

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The tiny terrier was by Twink's side as she was interviewed on TV3's Midday Show.

The pampered pooch is used to life in the spotlight but The Sun reports that Teddy appeared to pass out under the bright lights of the studo.

"There was a bit of a panic upstairs in the director's box. Teddy seemed to go under with the heat of the lights," the newspaper reports a source at TV3 revealed.

Twink is on the panel of the Midday Show. Photo: TV3
Twink is on the panel of the Midday Show. Photo: TV3

However, the miniature Yorkshire terrier is a seasoned professional and is used to TV and theatre sets.

"I can confirm that Teddy didn't pass out live on air," says Paul Blake, assistant producer of Midday.

"The director didn't highlight any issues with the dog during the show and was at no point worried about him. Teddy was asleep."

Journalist Andrea Smith, who was on the set with Twink and Teddy, says the suggestions that the terrier passed out are "disgraceful and unfounded".

Teddy poses for the camera with journalist Andrea Smith. Photo: Andrea Smith
Teddy poses for the camera with journalist Andrea Smith. Photo: Andrea Smith

"I was on that same Midday panel with Twink, Terry Prone, Rosemary MacCabe and host and producer Elaine Crowley yesterday, and for anyone to suggest that Teddy passed out on air is disgraceful and unfounded," says Smith. 

"Teddy is an extremely docile, well-behaved little companion dog who goes everywhere with Twink, and is well used to the atmosphere of a TV studio or stage.

"I have been in their company on many occasions at the theatre, award ceremonies and social occasions, and Teddy always greets everyone with delight and then settles down and goes straight to sleep once the event begins.

"He causes no fuss, much to my own envy, as none of my seven dogs would ever behave as beautifully in company. And I'm sure Twink wouldn't mind me saying that she wouldn't be able to bring all of her other dogs on set -  she has six in total - and for them to behave as impeccably as Teddy."

Teddy gets his make-up done before he's called on set. Photo: Andrea Smith
Teddy gets his make-up done before he's called on set. Photo: Andrea Smith

Twink has filled in co-presenting The Seven O'Clock Show on TV3 on several occasions, accompanied on set by Teddy, and he also performed in panto with her for several years in Limerick.

"She idolises him and would never do anything to jeopardise his welfare, and any suggestion to the contrary is absolutely scurrilous," says Andrea. 

"It is also outrageous to suggest that TV3 personnel and the producers of Midday allowed the show to continue if they genuinely believed that the dog had been overcome by heat and had passed out.

"Firstly the studio wasn't hot, and secondly the idea that anyone on that panel or in the studio would allow a dog to pass out in their presence without intervening is deeply insulting. It didn't happen anyway.

Andrea Smith and Twink. Photo: Andrea Smith
Andrea Smith and Twink. Photo: Andrea Smith

"After having a bit of fun with the girls in the make up room beforehand, Teddy settled down on the desk and went to sleep peacefully during the show. When it was over, he woke up, came out with Twink and walked around happily." 

Teddy and Twink share a close bond and the panto performer was left devastated when her dog disappeared from her home in 2014.

But before the day was out, thanks to a massive social media appeal, her loyal pooch was back home in Knocklyon and was in good spirits despite the dognapping ordeal.

Twink said she was “overjoyed” at Teddy Bear’s return

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